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A constructive replication with modification of factors that influence curricular and pedagogical choices at public two-year community, state, and technical colleges in Ohio


2006 2006

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Abstract (summary)

This was a constructive replication study of Portmann's (2000) work. It sought to investigate full time faculty perspectives on learning, and factors influencing their selection of course goals and objectives, and the pedagogical choices made. The location was Ohio's 22 two year public community colleges, state, and technical colleges. The investigator supplemented the Portmann's (2000) study by adding a qualitative component (micro level) that asked respondents to describe personal teaching and learning behaviors, and beliefs about student learning in their college classrooms. The original survey instrument was an adaptation of the Course Planning Exploration for Program Self-Study developed by the National Center for Research to Improve Postsecondary Teaching and Learning (NCRIPTL, 1991).

Research into the factors influencing faculty pedagogical and curricular choices addressed two educational issues. Pedagogical tasks involved faculty subjective norms and values in course design, planning, and presentation. Instructional tasks were objective and concerned with students obtaining content knowledge and skill development. Also influencing faculty pedagogical and curricular decisions were changes in classroom learning paradigms. Traditional pedagogy posited faculty as conveyer of knowledge to a passive student audience. Non-traditional pedagogy posited faculty as facilitators of knowledge acquisition to active student audiences.

Data analysis led to positing multiple variables influenced all aspects of instructor work and expectations from students, and they varied by discipline and instructor preparation level. Persons responsible for institutional assessment and accountability need to consider those differences. Failing to do so can lead to inconsistencies in reported outcomes.

This replicated study findings agreed with the findings in Portmann's (2000) study on six of the original seven hypotheses tested. Thus, the results indicated the selected faculty characteristics tested of two-year community college faculty in the State of Washington State was similar to those from two-year community, state, and technical college faculty in the State of Ohio. Also, it was determined that two-year community, state, and technical college faculty in the State of Ohio had not lowered course content or standards, as indicated in the literature.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Curricula;
Teaching;
Community colleges;
Vocational education
Classification
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
0275: Community colleges
0747: Vocational education
Identifier / keyword
Education, Community colleges, Curricular choice, Ohio, Pedagogical, State colleges, Technical colleges, Two-year
Title
A constructive replication with modification of factors that influence curricular and pedagogical choices at public two-year community, state, and technical colleges in Ohio
Author
Dempsey, Richard
Number of pages
239
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0138
Source
DAI-A 67/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542517334, 0542517337
Advisor
Stick, Sheldon
University/institution
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University location
United States -- Nebraska
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3205810
ProQuest document ID
305274139
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305274139
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